Saturday, November 24, 2012

Brooklyn Nets -vs- Los Angeles Clippers at Barclays Center

Tonight, I went to see [for the first time, ever] a basketball game at the new Barclays Stadium in Brooklyn. Just like with the Tour De France two years ago, I could not imagine enjoying the event as much as I did. Fully convinced now that games should be experienced live in person. And drawn, of course! Final score: Brooklyn Nets 86 : 76 Los Angeles Clippers. Go Brooklyn!

"Tickets? Tickets? Anybody's sellin' extra tickets?"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is upon us. This agricultural holiday of giving thanks to "Mother Earth" for the offerings goes way back, and might as well be the oldest and most universal of human celebrations.

It's the time of being thankful for the gift of life force that unites, for the fellowship of men.

The Lakota, indigenous people of the Great Plains (the name Lakota means "feeling affection, friendly, united, allied"), held a philosophical view of life as being inside a sacred circle with four directions: Respect, Generosity, Fortitude and Wisdom. Beautiful way to see life.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy affected millions of people. I was among the lucky ones: my home and family are all right. My beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood Ditmas Park has a lot of downed trees. While I was drawing, a couple, who are most likely neighbors, came by and put yellow "caution" tape around this big tree that fell and smashed a white Toyota on the corner of Dorchester Road. A small act of kindness that can save someone's life: another tree in that spot has lose massive branches in it's crown, ready to fall with the next gust of wind. My internet started working today, so everything is finally back to normal. I wish everyone in New York and other affected areas a quick recovery.